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“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.

If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.

Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers. (via bakcwadrs)

a couple of other quotes from the article i really like:

According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation but is an act of love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, presumably it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient. Its real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace

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Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! Before succumbing to the intoxicating warmth of that promise, it’s critical to ask, “Who, exactly, benefits from making work feel like nonwork?” “Why should workers feel as if they aren’t working when they are?” In masking the very exploitative mechanisms of labor that it fuels, DWYL is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. If we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time.

(via mercy-misrule)

I’ve reblogged this before but it will never stop speaking to my soul.

(via whineandbeer)

Fooling exploited people into thinking everything is just the way it should be is one of the most disturbing things about capitalism.

(via latinagabi)

Reblogging this so hard rn.

(via useyourwordsasher)

Federal agency files lawsuit over anti-trans discrimination

gaywrites:

This week, the U.S. government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit on behalf of transgender employees who were fired because of their gender identity. This is the first time the agency has ever sued to protect against anti-trans discrimination.

The suit is against R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes of Garden City, Michigan, and Lakeland Eye Clinic of Lakeland, Florida, who the EEOC says each fired an employee for announcing they were beginning gender transitions.

Amiee Stephens, an embalmer and funeral director, was fired in 2013 after six years, after telling her boss she was transitioning from male to female, the EEOC said.

Brandi Branson was fired in 2011 as director of hearing services at Lakeland Eye in Florida after saying she was undergoing a gender transition to female, the agency said.

"Branson began wearing feminine attire to work, including makeup and women’s tailored clothing," according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Tampa, Florida. "Branson observed that co-workers snickered, rolled their eyes and withdrew from social interactions with her."

Kind of a dense subject, I know, but it’s a really big deal that groups within the federal government are sticking up for trans people. I hope everything works out for the best for these folks. 

sixpenceee:

A graduate student has created the first man-made biological leaf. It absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant. He did this by suspending chloroplasts in a mixture made out of silk protein. He believed it can be used for many things but the most striking one is the thought that it could be used for long distance space travel. Plants do not grow in space, but this synthetic material can be used to produce oxygen in a hostile environment. (Video)

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